Faux Metallic Pigment Ink Mica Flakes!

by | August 22nd, 2016 | 5

Have you ever had an AHA moment? Well, I had an “accidental” aha moment one day while working on a project using ColorBox® Metallic Pigment Ink!


I will show you how I created the texture on this tag using faux mica flakes created with Pigment Ink and Embossing Powder; this technique can be used with any color Ink!


Scratching your head yet?  To begin, you will need a non-stick work surface to do this technique-my choice is freezer paper!  First, using direct to surface, press the Metallic Ink pad onto the shiny surface of the freezer paper several times until coverage is opaque.  Once there’s a satisfactory amount of Ink on the surface, sprinkle with Gold Sparkle Embossing Powder until completely covered (pour the excess back into the container).


Next, heat emboss the embossing powder until it’s completely melted.  You will end up with something like this!


The magic occurs when I crumple the freezer paper from the bottom until the embossing begins to break.  Continue to do so until all of the embossing has broken away from the surface.  Our Basic Necessities Jars store the flakes perfectly!


At this point, I prepare my tag’s background and place the die-cut flowers and frame.  I apply a thin layer of Glue Gloss to the portions of the tag that I wanted additional texture and simply sprinkle on the flakes!  I lightly pressed the flakes onto the tag and dump the excess back into the jar!


The flakes add texture and bling to the tag!



This technique is super easy!  The “mica” color possibilities are endless!  We would love to see your creations using faux mica flakes!


About Suzanne Austin

Hi!  My name is Suzanne Austin.  I’m a SAHM of 3 kiddos living on the Gulf Coast in Alabama.  I’ve been married to my wonderful husband for 17 years and counting!  I began scrapping shortly after the birth of our son, and like most haven’t looked back!  It wasn’t hard to become completely immersed in scrapbooking-the process, the art, the design-I am still in awe of the talent that’s showcased in this industry.  My style is pretty versatile (and still ever evolving), but I tend to lean toward the mixed-media and inky side of scrapping.  My motto: Just do it!  I love experimentation with new ideas and techniques. I tend jump in head first-no regrets. I love the enrichment (and therapy :D) this hobby has to lend.  I’m beyond excited to rub elbows with our talented Creative Team for yet another term! 

5 Responses to Faux Metallic Pigment Ink Mica Flakes!

  1. Dana Tatar says:

    Brilliant technique Suzanne! I’ll definitely be trying this!


    I loved it. Very good. Congratulations

  3. Rose Powell says:

    The tag is gorgeous I love the color palette and all of the textures and layering. Absolutely stunning! I want to come over your house and play!

  4. Susan says:

    I LOVE this!! So innovative! <3

  5. Claire says:

    Fabulous idea! Can’t wait to try it!

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